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Sandi Cooper Papers on the Future of the City University of New York TAM 225

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Sandi Cooper Papers on the Future of the City University of New York
Dates: 1998-2000
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Mixed Materials [31142063293081] [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM 225

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Historical/Biographical Note

Sandi E. Cooper, PhD, is a professor of history at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY). In 2000, CUNY issued "The City University of New York Master Plan 2000-2004," the controversial product of several year's work principally concerned with raising academic standards at the University. Many, including Cooper, opposed the plan, seeing it as harmful to the working class and people of color students who comprise the majority of CUNY's student body, and held that it would lessen their access to CUNY, especially to its four year colleges (as opposed to its two year community colleges) and failing to provide for them adequate academic and remedial support, in effect, undermining CUNY's policy of open admission. A notable critical report, "The Future of CUNY" (2000), was produced by the Commission on the Future of CUNY of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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Scope and Content Note

This small unprocessed collection contains correspondence; reports by CUNY, The New York State Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, as well as by interested third parties (most of these latter critical of the CUNY plan); reports produced by CUNY faculty and others CUNY activists opposed to the Plan; legal documents relating to actions taken by the Plan's opponents; research files; and a file of material pertaining to Friends of CUNY, a group in which Cooper participated.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Cooper, Sandi E.
  • Cooper, Sandi E.

Subject Organizations

  • City University of New York
  • Friends of CUNY

Subject Topics

  • Universities and colleges -x Open admission -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Higher education and state -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Higher education accessibility |z New York (State) |z New York.
  • Minorities -x Education (Higher) -- New York (State) -- New York -x History.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Sandi Cooper was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Sandi Cooper in 2000 and 2001. The accession number associated with this collection is 2000.018.

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